Point women loses fourth-quarter lead, fall to St. Andrews 71-65

Published 11:47 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WEST POINT — It was the tale of two quarters in the second half for the Point Women’s Basketball Team during Wednesday night’s 71-65 loss to St. Andrews.

The Skyhawks were trailing 38-31 at halftime before coming out aggressively on both ends of the floor in the third quarter. Point opened the quarter with a score and forcing a St. Andrews turnover. Sophomore guard Destinee Webster then faked a handoff and drove to the cup for an and-one opportunity. A block led to freshman guard Iyanna McMillan knocking down a three-pointer that gave the Skyhawks a 40-38 lead at the 8:05 mark in the third quarter.

St. Andrews took a timeout after the run, and Point continued to full court press their opponents coming out of the break. The Skyhawks held the lead until midway through the fourth quarter.

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“We let the foot off the gas,” Point women’s head basketball coach Tory Wooley said. “We got back in it after they had a seven-point lead at halftime, but our defense didn’t travel into the fourth quarter with us. I think this game will be wonderful for us so that our players know that we have to play for 40 minutes.”

Webster led the team with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. 

Freshman guard Nicole Izuagie contributed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals, while junior forward Taylor Tucker added 15 points, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

Wednesday night’s conference loss dropped Point’s AAC record to 7-3 and the school’s overall record to 8-4.

“St. Andrews is a really good team, they’re in the top eight [of the conference] right now,” Wooley said. “It’s going to hurt for tonight, but we’ll get back at it in the morning.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Skyhawks, as No. 23 Milligan College comes into West Point Gym on Saturday.